This year marks the beginning of an important movement to protect children from abuse and neglect that is enabled by ideology. And the most important players are faith communities that are ready to be role models in child protection. The Child-Friendly Faith Project has just launched the pilot phase of… Read More
Featured Faith Community: Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch
Note: When we wrote this blog post, the CFFP had no idea that Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch had a long history of severe abuse and neglect. We stand by this post, which describes the good work that Boys Ranch does for young people today. However, we believe that all institutions… Read More
“Parents rights” advocates have scored a victory now that Idaho has passed House Bill 113. But what does it mean for Idaho’s children?
On April 2, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed into law House Bill 113 known as the “parents rights” bill. It will become law on July 1 of this year. The bill was one of many similar pieces of legislation being lobbied around the country by the Home School Legal Defense Association, whose mission… Read More
#ProjectIdaho: Press Coverage
March 2, 2015 Faith-Healer Parents Who Let Their Child Die Should Go to Jail The New Republic, by Jerry A. Coyne March 2, 2015 Poll: Parental Rights Bill? No The Spokesman-Review March 2, 2015 Parental rights are sacred … except when they’re not Watchdog.org, by Wayne Hoffman March 2,… Read More
In Memoriam: The CFFP Remembers Rev. Keith Wright
The Child-Friendly Faith Project has lost a wise, compassionate, and courageous advisor. On January 9, Rev. Keith Wright, who had served congregations for nearly sixty years, passed away. Many people in the Austin community loved Keith as a pastor and as a friend. He was absolutely devoted to his family,… Read More
We’re off to a great start in 2015!
The Child-Friendly Faith Project is excited about the new year! Looking back, we accomplished a lot in 2014. We completed development of our Charter Member designation program, a curriculum designed exclusively for faith communities. We held our first raffle giveaway. And our conference presented more than twice as many speakers… Read More
Faith Communities Meet the Needs of Abused Children and Adult Survivors
Meet Peter Singer and David Pittman, two advocates who are serving the needs of child victims of maltreatment and survivors of sexual abuse. The Child-Friendly Faith Project is honored to have each give an important presentation at this year’s conference on Dec. 4th and 5th in Austin, Texas. Peter will… Read More
The Child-Friendly Faith Project Giveaway is Here!
The CFFP is excited to announce our first raffle giveaway, and we have some amazing prizes to give away to 4 lucky winners! Actually though, it’s not all based on luck, because you increase your chances of winning just by spreading the word about the CFFP and our work. So, like us on Facebook, tweet… Read More
A young man stopped believing Mormon teachings and was disowned by his parents
Last weekend, I spoke at the annual ExMormon Foundation Conference. The organization supports those who have left, or been excommunicated from, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The “ExMo” conference is always held in “Mormon central,” or Salt Lake City. Many attendees came from Utah but I met people from all over… Read More
Interview with Marci A. Hamilton, JD
Professor Marci A. Hamilton holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. One of the country’s leading scholars in church/state law, she represented the City of Boerne, Texas, in a successful challenge to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a… Read More